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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
 
 
Author
Sara Gran.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780547747613
Pages/Publication Date 273/2011
Daedalus Item Code 23734
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(Winner of the 2012 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel) The author of Come Closer and Dope, as well as a writer for the gritty cable television cop show Southland, Sara Gran introduces one of the most original PIs in years in a series debut that reads "as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel" (CNN). Claire DeWitt believes that she is the world's greatest investigator, even if few people agree with her unusual methods. Inspired by the esoteric handbook Détection by French detective Jacques Silette, she avoids talking to the police or interviewing witnesses, and instead prefers to wait for clues to come to her. She also has deep roots in New Orleans (where she was mentored by Silette's disciple, the brilliant Constance Darling, until Darling herself was murdered), and so when a respected DA goes missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, DeWitt returns to her old haunts to find out why.

"Just when I begin to despair that the PI novel has worn out its welcome, a writer with a fresh take reminds me why I fell in love with the genre. Sara Gran has long specialized in shaking up and revitalizing other corners of the genre world, so it's no surprise that she performs this same magic in Claire DeWitt."—Laura Lippman

"What would you get if that punkish dragon girl Lisbeth Salander met up with Jim Sallis's Lew Griffin walking the back streets of New Orleans? Or Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone transformed herself into a tattooed magnolia driving a 4x4? Clare DeWitt, that's what you'd get.... DeWitt's mesmerizing character and memorable voice take your breath away."—New Orleans Times-Picayune

"This is not to be missed—Claire is a moody, hip, and meticulous investigator. Gran builds an addictive sense of anticipation with a fantastical frame. Alternately gritty and dreamy, this would appeal to those who liked Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist and readers of Charlie Huston (e.g., The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death). Highly recommended."—Library Journal (starred review)

 
 
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